SN-2022 Feb 12: Who is considered blessed in the eyes of the Lord? Matthew 5 – Beatitudes … The Appropriate Christian Attitude (Heart).

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Saturday Feb 12, 2022

Last week we were considering the basics of (biblical model) prayer & positioning..

Isaiah 59 – My sin and iniquity is what ‘holds’ the hands and ‘closes’ the ears of God

Psalm 51- Repentance prayer model – dealing with the sin that separates us from God

… so that we are not laboring in vain in the things of God

… Either shouting Lord, Lord! Working out great miracles, prophesying  or driving out demons

… but in the end the Lord says – I never knew you, depart from me you workers of iniquity!

Matthew 7:21 NKJV

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Obedience is better than sacrifice .. 1 Samuel 15:22

As…

Proverbs 14:12 NKJV

  • There is a way that  seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Therefore, unwilling to be like the 5 foolish virgins of Matthew 25…

Or the Proverbs 30:12 generation 

  • There  is a generation that  is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.

But rather…

2 Timothy  2:15

  • Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Searching out the Scriptures as the Bereans … Acts 17:11

Understanding the times ( and situations from the Word of God) and knowing what to do…

As did the Sons of Issachar… 1 Chronicles 12:32

I was therefore looking into…

Isaiah 58 –  Am I praying & fasting (seeking God) correctly or merely just honing my ‘Hunger Strike’ skills?

Daniel 9 – Daniel’s repentance prayer – How to seek God & get answers

But what caught my interest was Matthew 5

For we all want to be blessed!!

…And would want to do anything for blessing.

But unfortunately in our ( carnal) pursuit, we easily forget about the owner of the blessing!

…. Seeking the Hand and not the Face of God 

What or who does Jesus consider to be blessed? 

Welcome all to today’s deliberations…

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Matthew 5 – Beatitudes gives us some insight into this…

Be-Attitudes – The correct attitude to receive blessing from the Lord …

…Being appropriately positioned for blessing 

…Attitude basically being the condition of my heart

Jeremiah 17:9‭-‬10 NKJV

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 

I, the Lord , search the heart, I test the mind , Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

Who then does Jesus consider blessed?

Basically

  • Those who know they need God
  • Those who are sorry for their sins and repent
  • Those who are humble towards God & man – no pride
  • Those who seek the presence of God & righteousness of God
  • Those who are merciful towards others
  • Those who have integrity with God & others – right intentions with a pure heart
  • Peacemakers – seeking & maintaining peace
  • Those who are strong & courageous in faith and therefore don’t compromise with the things of God.

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Matthew 5: 3-11 (NKJV)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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My rendering of the Matthew 5 Beatitudes…

  1. Realization of my need for a saviour ( poor in spirit) , I humble myself towards God and cry out HELP! God is Faithfull and True to those who cry out to Jesus for salvation, the Saviour who gives access to the Kingdom of Heaven – No other way but through Jesus the Messiah.
  2. As we approach, just as we are, the throne of Grace ( getting what we don’t deserve) we are overwhelmed by the Lord’s great Mercy ( not getting what we deserve – wages of sin is death) and we mourn for our sins… The things we have done against our Lord who sacrificed Himself and took our punishment for our sin. ( Thank you Jesus for your abundant mercy and grace in my life).

Repentance ( changing our ways) makes room for the Lord to come in and comfort me – it is OK my child, it is done, it is finished, it is paid for – whatever it is that you may have done, My Blood is sufficient and has paid it ALL for you. Wow – What AMAZING GRACE! He gives me all His Goodness in exchange for all my badness >> The Divine Exchange that took place at the Cross for my sake!

  1. Because of getting to understand God’s Amazing Grace, all I can do is humble myself before Him – completely surrendering my life to the Lord. Nothing else matters in comparison to what God has done for me as well as what He has in store for me! As I get to accept all of Him – my life aligned to His will, purposes and plans – He accepts all of me and gives me access to the kingdom. As a son of the King, I have my inheritance in the kingdom – including the earth He created.
  2. As I become more kingdom minded, I am inclined towards kingdom business. A hunger and thirst for justice develops. Possibly taking back for the kingdom the world and its people, from the kingdom of darkness (reclaiming for the Lord the family and the inheritance that was lost due to sin ). Pursuing kingdom business ( having my life’s pursuits aligned to the will, purposes and plans of God for my life) will give me the most satisfaction in life.
  3. As I pursue kingdom business with the zeal it deserves, I should ensure that mercy prevails in my life towards others. Otherwise I may want to beat people into submission all in the name of the Lord thereby exhibiting a character opposite to the nature of God. God’s mercy that prevailed over my life through the Blood of Jesus is the same mercy that will prevail over the life of those I am pursuing for the kingdom. As a humble servant of the Lord, it is just for me to reflect to others that same Love that the Lord has for me and leave all else ( the judging) to Him.
  4. All these things ( kingdom business) should be done with a pure heart. The Lord will scrutinize our motives for doing His work. A pure heart will enable us to see God ( in what we do and in others). A pure heart means we are eager to reflect the heart of God in all situations for His glory and it will require us to be more intimate and closer to Him. The Lord may grace us with more of His presence in our lives – will shall see more of Him being present in the different situations that we encounter in our daily life when we earnestly seek Him with a pure heart ( not the blessings but the blesser).
  5. As I pursue peace ( as opposed to the chaos of killing, stealing and destruction by the enemy?) I am reflecting the Heart / Character of the Lord and therefore considered a child of God. The fruit we bear will be determined by whose tree ( God or the devil) we allow ourselves to be grafted into. We hence become a child of the tree that provides the nourishment needed to produce the fruit based on its character.
  6. As we begin to enjoy salvation and its fruits ( righteousness) , the enemy comes to attempt to take back what was his ( forgetting that we were God’s first?). He will not let go easily and hence the persecution begins, usually to get one to give up on righteousness and return to the ways of unrighteousness (the world?). Usually a good indicator that one is on the narrow path to Heaven is the amount of resistance one will face in their pursuit of righteousness in any area of their lives. A tree that bears good fruit will have the most stones throw at it ~ African proverb?

But God promises abundantly that we fight from victory, we are more than conquerors, His grace is sufficient…. to those who remain faithful and true to Him. They have access to all that heaven has to offer at their disposal to overcome whatever situation the enemy will throw at them. Indeed, the kingdom of heaven is theirs! And greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

Not only will spiritual persecution be unleashed by the enemy ( we fight not against flesh and blood….) but physical persecution using his human agents may also follow as the conspiracy continues to make the already narrow path to righteousness more and more uncomfortable. Persecutions, mockings, lies, and all sorts of evil should therefore be expected against a true follower of Christ, just like God’s prophets of old . (Otherwise we should be worried that the devil may be comfortable that we are already his?) It possibly should reach a point where we are too much work, engaging to much of his demonic resources that he gives up on us to look for easier fish to fry?

A great(er) reward is guaranteed in heaven for those who endure suffering for the kingdom ( as opposed to the perishing earthly/worldly / fleshy ‘rewards’ the enemy may promise for those who compromise.) The enemy’s rewards lead to sin and death, the Lord’s rewards lead to life, and life more abundantly.

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